By Patrick Yost, Editor
A single-engine plane crashed Monday afternoon on the Morgan County/ Jasper County line, killing the pilot.
The plane, a Cessna 172 according to Morgan County Fire and Rescue Director Jeff Stone, was piloted by Millwood Ashley Dekle, 72. The plane crashed into a heavily wooded area south of Shiloh Road near the Broughton Road area of Morgan County sometime around 2:30 p.m., said Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriffn’s Office.
Authorities said multiple persons called both Morgan County and Jasper County Dispatch to report the incident. The crash site, according to Stone, is a dense area of trees. Stone said the fire-damaged plane was broken apart and scattered at the site. Delke’s body was located near the crash site, Lt. Derrick Roland, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, said.
Howard said the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) and National Transportation Board (NTSB) were scheduled to conduct an investigation into the crash at the crash site on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Emergency workers from both Morgan County and Jasper County descended on the area, first staging off Shiloh Road and then later of J.T. Hannah Road in Jasper County.
Emergency workers needed four-wheel-drive vehicles and walked on foot searching for the plane. Howard said the search took approximately 30 minutes before they located the destroyed plane.
Authorities also said they located prescription medication matching the owner’s name at the crash site. The plane, according to the FAA, is registered Dekle with a Toccoa, Ga. address.
Jasper County Sheriff Donnie Pope had scheduled a press conference at the scene of the crash on Tuesday.